triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Definition of trivia

1a : unimportant matters : trivial facts or details But all this is trivia. Feshbach's basic concerns run deeper.— Cullen Murphy
b : facts (as about people or events) that are not well-known celebrity trivia What follows is a small glossary of golf slang and trivia to help you talk as good a game as you play …— Rachel Urquhart often used before another noun a trivia booktrivia buffs
2 singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts often used before another noun trivia night

Examples of trivia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, entertainment headlines — including new roles for Reba and Edie Falco, and casting news about the Hunger Games prequel's young Snow — and trivia. Ew Staff,, 17 May 2022 While day-to-day amenities keep members active, it’s the club’s social calendar that draws them together, from movie nights at the pool, wine tastings, trivia, and a guest speaker series focusing on business development. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Climb into the back of a windowless van with Madame PeeVira for a trip of music, skits, trivia, games and other silliness in celebration of musicals. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 16 May 2022 Bullsh*t is a combination strategy-and-trivia game show ostensibly modeled after early-aughts hits like Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 The school’s signature pen pal program, suspended for the pandemic, will have one last celebration this spring, but there are no more Saturday classes; no more competitive jump rope and trivia teams. Globe Staff,, 16 Apr. 2022 Lyonne is an autodidact and a film obsessive, who peppers conversations with references to silent cinema, Jewish mysticism, nineteen-seventies Hollywood moguls, New York City trivia, and Lou Reed lyrics. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Each episode focuses on one episode of the show and features background, trivia, commentary and scene-by-scene breakdowns. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 28 Mar. 2022 The Landing also hosts entertainment, such as, live music and trivia on select nights. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trivia

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for trivia

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

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27 May 2022

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“Trivia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for trivia


noun plural
triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Kids Definition of trivia

: interesting facts that are not well-known
Hint: Trivia can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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